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Martin St. Louis thinks of mother after emotional goal: ‘She helped me through this’

Carl Hagelin

New York Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh (27) and Martin St. Louis (26) celebrate a goal by Carl Hagelin (62) during the second period of a second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


With their season on the line, Game 6 was a big night for the New York Rangers. It might have been the most important for Martin St. Louis, however, as he scored a big goal on Mother’s Day not long after she passed away on Thursday.

This was his second game since he lost his mother and it’s clear that it’s been an emotional time for the 38-year-old winger. It also seems pretty clear that the challenging time has provided some inspiration for the veteran forward.

That 1-0 goal seemed to ignite his teammates’ passions:

... And beyond that, it made an already involved crowd that much more pumped up:

The Penguins get that “extra stride” boost back as the series wraps up with a decisive Game 7, but if nothing else, the Rangers showed some serious resilience in fighting back from another late-series deficit.

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